Tuesday, January 31, 2012

John Cleese on creativity

John Cleese - a lecture on Creativity from janalleman on Vimeo.

be open, relaxed, look at things as they are and consider possiblities and be curious about what is up. Penecilin wouldn't have been discovered if the scientist had been closed and just went about his business, instead of being curious why this one petri dish didn't grow what he wanted.

be closed once you know what you're gonna do, be focused and see it through

conditions that can encourage being in the open mode
can't be playful and creative under usual pressures, because you're closed mode to get stuff done
2. time
have to have a time period to have your space in, you know you won't be interupted
3. time
most creative people are willing to put extra time in instead of taking the 1st easy answer that comes, push for the creative one
4. confidence
open to fail, just experimenting
"you can't be spontaneous within reason"
5. humor
gets us from closed mode to open mode quicker than anything else
laughter makes us relax by turning the world on it's ear

then keep your mind gently upon the subject your trying to crack

it is easier to do trivial little things we know we can do instead of big things that we're not sure about like "being creative",resist the noise of your mind looking around for a distraction. 1/2 hour to get in the zone

more creative when playing with friends, be open and positive. just like the rules of Improv, never say no.

joke comes when you connect 2 different frameworks in a new waya new idea is the same thing, connecting 2 seperate ideas in a new way

if you're stuck, start generating random connections and your intuition will tell you which ones are worth keeping

* found on animation

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012


The more I learn, the more it seems like the fairies and devils of England and Ireland (and Tolkein) are just watered down versions from Scandinavia elsewhere(lol clearly I don't really know what I'm talking about :). I would love to delve into the real stuff.


again from puppetvision.info

Hands Vid Ref

hands can be supremely emotive but seem to not be tapped for their full potential. Here's an over the top video that may have some ideas

so far best animated example I have seen is from Florin Toma (who I can't find anything about)

Hands-FINAL from Florin Toma on Vimeo.

found at puppetvision.info blog

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Justin Rasch

Justin Rasch went in under 5 years from stopmo virgin to working on Laika's latest. A journey he chronicles on his blog (awesome). I've looked up these vids a couple of times, his early experiments in stop mo, to see how he started out.

Here's the stuff he's doing lately.

here's the early work.

Every once in a while I poke at stopmotihttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifon for an evening.(an older attempt) Nice to see that my cg animation skills are theoretically transferable. But so far I think I still have a lot of stumbling blocks before I can actually see what I could achieve (ala badly made puppets, flimsy little stages the cat knocks over, having to sleep) or maybe it's just a lot of excuses.

(things to figure out:
fixing the puppet when not on feet
easier feet (currently 1 nut in foot w/ a bolt & wingnut below, tedious to do)
change poses without having to pick up the whole puppet (especially compressing expanding spine, if I try and do it in pose it bends in the wrong places and doesn't give me the graphic shape I want)(maybe not double wrapping the wire)(maybe just having a durable stage that I can really lean on so I can do it in pose)
cleaner solution for holding/interacting with objects
and clearly lots of practice animating

hi Justin, hope you don't mind me putting these up (I had tracked them down a couple times on your youtube page and wanted to be able to find them faster) I'll take down the post if it's not ok.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Oh Willy

Emma De Swaef
and Marc James Roels

pretty awesome to have a look that hasn't been done to death

(must be a nightmare to animate with, slightest touch must make everything jitter)

*found on animation

Monday, January 16, 2012


Gobelins student Lili Ornelie

hand drawn love it

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Azureus Rising

Azureus Rising

Was thinking about this one today. It kind of seems like "let's make the most awesomest awesome thing we can." like they were just trying to stuff it full of "cool". It's flashy, and I guess decent eye candy, but in the end it doesn't haveany weight, it doesn't mean anything, so why do it. Decent to study I guess if you need to put some cool into your project.

Similar to Rosa, plenty of eye candy, but what's the point?

this post goes against my philosophy of "only be positive online" so maybe I'll pull it back down...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Adam & Dog

Adam and dog Trailer from Minkyu on Vimeo.

I'm sure this will be over the webs in a second,but looks awesome

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Artbeats is like clip art for film, so if you're working on a live action film and need some establishing shots you can pick them up from here.

AnimSchool EyeBlink

seems that plasticity and meat in the face is one of the things that seperates the pro's from the rest of us

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

PS Brushes

stumbled across a page of artist's photoshop brushes and tutorials


(happy new year)